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Depression Awareness Week 2015: The Benefits of Using Mood Diaries

Posted by K Clark on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, In : Asking for Help 
As it is Depression Awareness Week I thought it may be helpful to share some tips on how mood diaries can be used and how they can help to monitor and manage a mental health condition such as depression. 

What are Mood Diaries?
Mood diaries are a form of record or log of your mood throughout the day over a period of time.  They can be kept over a short period of just a week or two or as an ongoing tool for for monitoring a longer term condition.  Mood diaries can be kept in a variety of format...

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Time to Talk Day

Posted by K Clark on Thursday, February 5, 2015, In : Asking for Help 
Today is Time to Talk Day, a campaign run by the Time to Change mental health charity.  It's aim is to break down some of the stigma that surrounds mental illness and get people talking about their own mental health and asking friends how their mental health is.  There is an odd taboo that surrounds mental illness where people feel an anxiety that if they talk about their own mental health this will make them vulnerable and those around them will judge them harshly and won't understand. 

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World Mental Health Day 2014: Living With Schizophrenia

Posted by K Clark on Thursday, October 9, 2014, In : Asking for Help 

According to the Mental Health Foundation, Schizophrenia effects around 26 million people worldwide.  Schizophrenia is a condition that attracts a lot of confusion, fear and misunderstanding.  This years focus for World Mental Health Day is "Living with Schizophrenia" and the aim is to raise awareness of the condition and the people who live with this diagnosis.


Schizophrenia falls into the group of mental health conditions known as psychotic conditions.  This means that sufferers will usuall...

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Preparing for Health Appointments

Posted by K Clark on Sunday, September 14, 2014, In : Asking for Help 

Appointments with healthcare professionals can be daunting so doing a bit of preparatory work prior to the appointment will help you to feel more confident and get the most from the appointment. Below are some suggested steps you can take in the lead up to an appointment.

1. Check Location
If you are seeing a professional for the first time and the appointment is going to be in an unfamiliar venue then it is worth you checking exactly where the venue is, what transport you can use to get you to...

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Staying Mentally Well

Posted by K Clark on Saturday, May 10, 2014, In : Asking for Help 
It is Mental Health Awareness Week from 12th - 18th May 2014 so I thought it may be helpful to share some ways in which you or a loved one can stay well. 

1. Social Activity
Doing something that gets you into contact with people every week can be vital for staying mentally well.  We are all different and require different levels of social contact but doing something with others can be an important way of reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. The activity...

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Winter Blues

Posted by K Clark on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Asking for Help 

As the evenings start to draw in and the weather gets colder many people experience a drop in their mood. They may have less energy and motivation, notice changes in appetite, feel tense and generally feel a bit low. This is extremely common and recognised by scientists to be triggered by the changes in light levels and intensity at this time of year. This is because our we need sunlight to release the chemicals necessary for our brains to function well.


How can I help myself

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About Me


Katherine Clark I am experienced mental health worker with 15 years experience working with young people and adults with enduring mental health needs. I have set up this blog to share some of the tips and skills I have learnt along the way. If you have any suggestions or particular questions you would like me to answer feel free to email me at enquiries@essentiallifeskills.org







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